The issue of merging  Helexpo S.A. and the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair (T.I.F) S.A., the two companies that emerged after the state-run trade exhibition organisation was separated in 1999, and the urgency of finding a foreign strategic partner, was brought up during a press conference on Tuesday on the occasion of the 76th TIF this month.
The Helexpo S.A. and TIF S.A. boards clarified, however, that there is no official government plan as regards a merger, and underlined the need for a new exhibition and convention centre in Thessaloniki.